Bernadette Posted Wed 20th of August, 2014 15:23:07 PM
A pediatric patient came in because of hard lump on at the immnization siteof his thigh. The doctor diagnosed it as a localized, superficial nodule, which
782.2 seems appropriate. Does this require an
E code to state it was from an immunization?
SuperCoder Answered Thu 21st of August, 2014 08:30:44 AM
Thanks for your query.
E-codes are intended to provide data for injury research and evaluation of injury prevention strategies. ICD-9 code 782.2 is correct in this case. E-codes need two conditions to be applied. First is whether your facility is collecting E-codes and second is if documentation clearly states that the present condition (eg. lump) has happened due to some external aspects (eg. Injection). If these two conditions are met, you may use E-codes. The applicable E code would be E949.9
Bernadette Posted Fri 29th of August, 2014 12:58:13 PM
Could we ask you what is meant by "collecting E-codes"? Is it not necessary to add an E-code?
SuperCoder Answered Sat 30th of August, 2014 16:25:32 PM
E-Codes are not required on outpatient visits. They are typically used on facility/hospital claims or injury claims. Some outpatient facilities use E codes, but not all. It is not required.